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Description

Kayaking is a great outdoor water sport that can be done on lakes, rivers, or even in the ocean. Most kayaks are enclosed boats and you need to use a double-sided paddle to push yourself through the water.

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How to Do It

Join your local kayak club to learn how to best maneuver the boat or rent one with a friend who can show you how to do it.

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Benefits

  • May strengthen upper body
  • May improve posture and balance
  • May improve muscular performance
  • May improve mood
  • May improve well-being
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Time Commitment

As long as you like

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Why it works

  • Kayaking involves coordinated upper body exercise (1) and if performed for longer periods of time it becomes aerobic exercise that may improve heart and respiratory function (2)
  • Being out in nature may improve our wellbeing, creativity and our self-reported health (3). 
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Suggested Frequency

Monthly+

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Supporting Studies and Articles

  1. Choi, W., & Lee, S. (2018). Ground Kayak Paddling Exercise Improves Postural Balance, Muscle Performance, and Cognitive Function in Older Adults with Mild Cognitive Impairment: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Medical Science Monitor : International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research, 24, 3909–3915. https://doi.org/10.12659/MSM.908248
  2. Shephard, R. J. (1987). Science and Medicine of Canoeing and Kayaking. Sports Medicine, 4(1), 19–33. https://doi.org/10.2165/00007256-198704010-00003
  3. White, M. P., Alcock, I., Grellier, J., Wheeler, B. W., Hartig, T., Warber, S. L., … Fleming, L. E. (2019). Spending at least 120 minutes a week in nature is associated with good health and wellbeing. Scientific Reports, 9(1), 1–11. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-019-44097-3
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Side Effects

  • If you are new to kayaking, don’t do it alone as there is a danger of the boat flipping over. 
  • Kayaking in cold weather increases the risk of catching a cold. 
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Required Equipment

  • Kayak
  • Paddle
  • Life vest/jacket
  • Helmet
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Gurus/Celebrities/Doing it

Jennifer Hudson.

David Hasselhoff.

Brody Jenner.

Alli Sims.

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Related Products 

  • Kayak
  • Paddle
  • Life vest/jacket
  • Helmet
  • Wetsuit
  • Wetsuit boots
  • Spray deck
  • Repair kit
  • First aid kit
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Suggested Time of Day

During daytime, especially during the summer.

Ideally before 10am or after 4pm

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Notes

  • Wear sunscreen 
  • Pick scenic places 
  • Kayak in waves for extra fun and resistance

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